Saturday, 19 November 2016

Inquisitor Quintus Severus' retinue - 1

The lure of the dark future is still keeping me away from the Silver Tower box. Reading Blanchitsu on the first issue of the new monthly White Dwarf, while holding in my hands the Slaughter Priest freebie, inspired me to use a bunch of models I had stashed away and which were not finding their way in any of my existing armies. What better way to use them than to convert them into an Inquisitorial retinue? I put all those models into a pile, threw in a few assorted bits and frantically started converting.

Inquisitor Quintus Severus

The first model I tackled was the Liberator that came with the weekly White Dwarf issue announcing the release of Age of Sigmar. The baroque armour was perfect to represent a high-ranking Imperial figure like an Inquisitor and its size perfectly matched the bits I had left over from the Chaos Terminator Lord from Asassinorum: Execution Force.

First, I removed the more obviously Chaos decorations like the skull on the storm bolter and the horn and hook hanging from the power axe cable. Then I swapped the axe head for the Liberator's hammer. To add a more Imperial feeling I added parchments from the Plague Monks hanging from the armour and hammer, sculpting a seal on one of them. The base comes from the now out of production 40k urban basing kits.

The collar comes from the Collegiate Arcana Battle Mage merged to the armour gorget using a bit of Green Stuff. The head, like the arms, comes from the Chaos Terminator Lord. The aged face with its resolute expression and the lack of any Chaos marking makes it perfect to represent a seasoned, grim Inquisitor.

On the back of the collar I glued an etched brass Imperial Eagle coming again from the Urban Basing kit. The vents on the armour back are taken from a Space Marine backpack. The combination of Eagle on the collar and small, built-in vents is inspired by the Custodes armours from The Burning of Prospero.

With the addition of a scroll and skull from the Plague Monks and a sculpted plug to join the hammer cable to the armour, Quintus Severus was done.

Servitor XA-305

Next in line was the Slaughter Priest. With the addition of weapons from the Astra Militarum Sentinel and by shaving away all the spikes on the armour and flesh, it turned into a perfect Servitor.

I used pieces of wire and a bit of green stuff to add some more futuristic details, to replace the Khorne icon on the belt and to cover the one on the helmet. The Chaos star hanging from the belt was instead replaced with the hook I had removed from Quintus' axe power cable.

The gun is the Sentinel Autocannon with shortened barrel. As Servitor XA-305 has no hands to throw grenades, the smoke launcher, also from the Sentinel, found its way on the Priest's shoulder pad.

Psyber Familiars

For these three little fellows I made use of various bits.

The Cherub comes from the Freeguild General and for its base I used another etched brass detail from the Urban Basing Kit and a Space Marine banner.

The Servoskull is a skull from the Khemri Skeleton Warriors, with wires and green stuff for the cables and bionic implants. The base is a resin details from the Urban Basing Kit.

The Raven also comes from the Freeguild General with the addition of a bionic eye and cable. The base combines another resin details from the Urban Basing Kit and a broken spar I had left over after finishing Hab-block S22.

While I was assembling it, I realised that it reminds of this Blanche's drawing from the Necromunda rulebook. So thank you Mr Blanche for your inspiring work!

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